Links index

Indexing in brief

Each link is indexed in one of the six broad categories and placed in chronological order beginning with the most recent post.

Arab nationalism pertains to a more secular form of Islam, that was prevalent  in Syria, Iraq Tunisia, Libya and Egypt before the upheaval of the last decade. That section contains religious content, which relates to the Syrian Christians and of course the Alawai strand of Islam, which the Syrian President al-Assad subscribes to.

The section on Islamic history tends to contain the entries, which focus on the progression of Islam through the ages and much of the section about colonisation is devoted to Europe and its interventions in the Levant in past centuries. The remaining three section, Lebanon, media power and political comment are somewhat self explanatory, though it should be noted, that all aspects have a substantial political edge.

Arab Nationalism

Tadmor, a history, metamorphosis into empire: Palmyra

/2016/12/10 the Assad dynasty is not a dictatorship and Syria is no more a construct than ‘the west’

/2015/11/13/the-alawais-and-their-place-in-the-arabic-world-the-history-of-secularism-and-its-relationship-to-islam/

/2015/10/31/the-alawais-and-their-place-in-the-arabic-world-orthodoxy-esotericism-an-introduction-the-five-pillars-of-islam-islamic-scholarship/

/2015/08/27/the-tadmor-sahara-at-dusk-and-day-palmyra-ruins-apamea-ruins/

/2015/08/23/radio-4-acknowledges-the-death-of-baath-party-supporter-khaled-al-assad-curator-and-archeologist-in-the-ancient-roman-site-palmyra-situated-in-tadmor-who-buys-the-oil-and-antiquities-from-the-mer/

/2015/08/05/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-orthodoxy-the-esoteric-movement-the-significance-of-the-twelve-imams-in-brief/

/2015/07/29/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-an-intro-and-brief-recap-the-next-stages-of-the-civil-war-peace-arrives-and-new-ideas-emerge/

/2015/06/23/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-separation/

/2015/06/15/alawais-and-their-place-in-the-islamic-world-allegations-of-heresy/

/2015/03/20/syria-and-the-rise-of-islamism-since-2006/

/2015/01/18/competing-ideologies-revisited-islamic-nationalism-v-arab-nationalism-uprisings-in-syria-1982-2012-some-comparisons-mercenary-forces-as-tools-of-destabilisation/

/2014/08/22/the-bombing-of-syria-by-the-west-will-exacerbate-the-break-up-of-that-country-no-talks-say-no-to-britain-president-al-assad-vampires-dont-always-find-a-way-in-jon-snow-interview-socialist-worke/

/2014/07/01/the-backdrop-to-the-break-up-of-syria-islam-gives-way-to-secularism-and-the-nation-state/

/2014/06/05/syrian-history-colonisation-and-the-capitulations-vive-palestine/

/2014/05/26/the-history-of-syria-the-ottoman-empire-restructures-the-impact-on-their-colonies-mercenary-speke/

/2014/04/24/the-crimean-war-the-impact-on-syria-revisited-mr-blairhypocricy-or-amnesia/

/2014/04/22/the-crimean-war-1852-1856-and-its-impact-on-syria/

/2014/04/20/when-will-the-british-government-clamp-down-on-young-british-mercenaries/

/2014/04/04/hama-says-no-to-war-a-noria-in-the-shadow-of-the-river-orontes-the-frogs-of-hama-and-other-river-creatures/

/2014/04/03/hail-the-dust-cloud-cars-wars-and-capitalism-the-dust-will-never-settle-on-lebanon-and-syria-israeli-expansionism-a-real-threat/

/2014/02/17/syrian-pictures/

/2014/02/10/hims-a-couple-of-stories-the-pashas-and-other-royal-titles-explained/

/2014/01/21/more-reports-from-syria-migration-to-the-lebanon-western-values-political-prisoners/

/2014/01/10/where-does-a-political-protest-end-in-war-anywhere-but-england-it-seems-the-dara-syria-protest-and-the-london-protest-compared/

/2013/12/03/a-tribute-to-the-womans-monastery-at-malula-in-syria/

/2013/11/19/the-history-of-syria-has-the-sun-has-stopped-shining-on-damascus-ashsham-not-just-a-radical-islamic-group-that-has-invaded-syria/

/2013/11/16/a-history-of-syria-how-its-continuation-under-assad-is-set-to-ruin-an-otherwise-perfect-system-the-flow-of-capital-vlog-arabism/

/2013/10/27/religion-politics-and-economics-syria-and-its-recent-history-a-beginning/

Islamic History

/2016/01/28/mohammed-abdal-wahab-the-original-muslim-brotherhood-the-hanbali-school-of-theology/

/2016/01/24/hassan-al-banna-the-founder-of-al-ikhwan-al-muslimun-the-muslim-brotherhood-in-arabic-al-kutb-and-his-doctrine-in-brief/

/2016/01/12/the-history-of-the-house-of-saud-wahabiizm-the-salafiyyah-the-muslimbrothers/

/2016/01/09/the-history-of-the-house-of-saud-and-the-salafiyyah/

/2015/07/12/when-is-a-state-not-a-state-when-its-islamic-state-what-shall-we-call-them-not-difficult-mercenaries-dan-cruickshank-death-to-civilisation-marj-dabik/

/2015/03/20/syria-and-the-rise-of-islamism-since-2006/

/2015/03/05/more-ibn-taymiyyah-jihad-the-mongol-invasion-acceptance-or-retaliation/

/2015/01/29/the-battle-for-mecca-and-other-cities-al-wahab-and-ibn-saud-king-hussein-of-hijaz-and-the-hashemites-clan-flags-at-half-mastmy-part-in-the-rise-of-saudi-arabia/

/2015/01/26/the-mysteries-and-histories-of-sunni-islam-mutazila-ibn-taymiyyah-the-hanbali-movement-al-ashari-wahabi-and-the-house-of-saud/

/2014/08/17/petition-on-38degrees-fgm-forced-marriage-and-flogging-are-flagrant-acts-of-wars/

/2014/07/22/forced-religious-conversion-and-marriage-in-syria-and-iraq-a-couple-of-emails/

/2014/07/01/the-backdrop-to-the-break-up-of-syria-islam-gives-way-to-secularism-and-the-nation-state/

/2014/03/04/the-contradiction-between-industrial-capitalism-and-islam/

/2014/02/24/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion-vol-2/

/2014/02/23/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion/

Lebanon

/2016/4/25 bekka Valley,hash fields and Jihadists

/20/2015/07/21/balbek-in-bekka-valley-east-lebanon-lots-of-photos-ruins-mosques-churches-friends-oil-heaters-last-but-not-least-some-religious-leaders-meet/grants/

/2015/06/05/the-hariri-myth-2-some-recent-news-from-lebanon-the-northern-and-eastern-border-isis-activity-and-controversy-the-hariri-other-myths-lots-more-piccies/

/2015/05/17/lebanese-dynasties-continued-a-sunni-perspective-rafiq-hariri-and-his-legacy/

/2015/04/19/beirut-again-personality-transplant-or-what/

/2015/03/19/lebanon-shootouts-and-other-delights/

/2015/02/19/modern-day-slavery-britain-and-lebanon/

/2015/01/19/more-pics-of-lebanon-beirut-dr-bashar-shia-moments-run-up-to-the-ashura-festival-balbek-and-sur/

/2015/01/11/if-lebanon-is-to-survive-geagea-aoun-and-other-presidential-contenders-rickety-alliances/

/2014/12/21/maronite-presidents-dynasties-and-para-militaries-media-representations/

/2014/12/19/lebanese-presidents-dynasties-or-paramilitaries-maronite-divisions-dissent/

/2014/11/24/impressions-of-lebanon-dynasties-r-us-its-more-than-a-family-affair-its-patronage/

/2013/11/19/a-sunset-in-balbek/

Bekaa Valley, hash fields and Jihadis

Western colonisation

/2014/06/26/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism-part-iv-the-underpinnings-of-the-arab-revolt-and-the-picot-sykes-agreement/

/2014/06/19/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism-part-11/

/2014/06/17/a-history-of-syria-the-beginnings-of-the-state-of-israel-and-zionism/

/2014/06/05/syrian-history-colonisation-and-the-capitulations-vive-palestine/

/2014/05/18/19th-century-colonisation-the-syrian-empire-the-plight-of-the-christians-cont-mandates-elections-and-all/

/2014/05/16/the-syrian-empire-19th-century-colonisation-the-plight-of-syrian-christians-a-background/

/2014/05/08/19th-century-colonisation-living-off-the-spoils-then-and-now-the-syrian-empire/

/2014/04/14/unhappy-alliances-britain-france-russia-turkey/

/2014/03/04/the-contradiction-between-industrial-capitalism-and-islam/

/2014/02/07/nineteenth-century-colonisation-continuedmuhammed-ali-pasha-and-the-wahabiiz/

/2014/01/25/colonisation-and-its-impact-on-arab-nationalism-in-the-19th-century-some-comparisons-with-the-situation-today/

/2014/01/23/mandatory-colonisation-and-its-impact-on-arab-nationalism-a-run-up/

/2013/12/18/islam-in-africa-the-limitations-on-the-bbc1-programme-the-making-of-the-arab/

/2013/12/12/bbc-radio-4-and-its-making-of-the-arabic-world-why-colonisation-had-to-go-return-to-the-caliphates-and-definitions-of-nationalism/

/2013/12/05/machavielli-and-his-part-in-the-invasion-of-syria/

Media Power

/2015/11/28/slovenia-the-plight-of-syrian-refugees-dobova-transition-camp-and-other-photos/

/2015/09/16/a-demo-and-die-in-by-some-turkish-kurdish-nationalists-arms-dealers-unashamedly-leave-the-bi-annual-dsei-arms-fair-at-the-excel-centre-in-east-london-a-couple-of-the-cable-cars-paid-for-by-the-amira/

/2015/09/16/lebanon-david-cameron-a-vampire-visits-bekka-valley-who-will-it-help-richard-harrington-tory-m-p-to-vet-the-new-british-immigrants/

/2015/08/23/radio-4-acknowledges-the-death-of-baath-party-supporter-khaled-al-assad-curator-and-archeologist-in-the-ancient-roman-site-palmyra-situated-in-tadmor-who-buys-the-oil-and-antiquities-from-the-mer/

/2015/08/12/calais-jungles-camp-salam-the-conseqence-of-war-and-greed-how-greece-has-changed/

/2015/07/09/tunisia-martial-law-called-a-week-after-the-sousse-shootings-photos-nights-in-the-medina-tunisia-says-no-to-terrorism-an-anti-war-protest-and-more/

/2014/09/10/the-hashemite-family-prince-faisal-some-words-from-the-author-the-women-of-raqqa-petition/

/2013/12/18/islam-in-africa-the-limitations-on-the-bbc1-programme-the-making-of-the-arab/

/2013/11/25/are-there-lessons-to-be-learned-from-history-the-bbc-thinks-so-even-if-its-view-seems-slightly-skewed/

Political Comment

/2016/12/6 the American election, a brief history of the Republican and Democratic parties, Mr Trump’s victory, fervour on both sides and its implications for Syria; the way I see it, a bit about Iraq

/2016/03/12/11-reasons-not-to-go-to-calais-jungles-7-things-to-do-instead/

/2014/01/10/where-does-a-political-protest-end-in-war-anywhere-but-england-it-seems-the-dara-syria-protest-and-the-london-protest-compared/

/2014/02/24/you-can-take-the-religion-out-of-politics-but-you-cant-take-the-politics-out-of-religion-vol-2/

/2014/07/22/forced-religious-conversion-and-marriage-in-syria-and-iraq-a-couple-of-emails/

/2014/07/31/syrian-protest-leaflet-mercenaries-and-the-abuse-of-women-letter-to-home-office/

/2014/08/17/petition-on-38degrees-fgm-forced-marriage-and-flogging-are-flagrant-acts-of-wars/

/2014/08/22/the-bombing-of-syria-by-the-west-will-exacerbate-the-break-up-of-that-country-no-talks-say-no-to-britain-president-al-assad-vampires-dont-always-find-a-way-in-jon-snow-interview-socialist-worke/

 

 

 

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